the $100 laptop to launch in the fall
the TED blog posted recently that the founder of one laptop per child announced the $100 laptop could be commercially available as early as September 2007. the BBC reported yesterday that the laptop is poised to go into mass production and gives October 2007 as the time when laptops will likely reach children in developing countries.
I’m excited that someone’s idea of bettering the lives of children is finally reaching a tangible point. at the same time, I wonder about the feasibility of giving laptops to children in developing countries. electricity? even with advances in solar- and crank-power options, where will these things get plugged in to get their first full charge that primes optimal battery life? and what about the problem of theft? are the folks at olpc partnering with locally based organizations to aid with distribution?
the global digital divide is serious and perhaps I’m being a bit of a wet blanket (again), but I’m always apprehensive when folks in developed countries come up with “solutions” for developing countries.